FB: Kettering Archbishop Alter 49, 2A #16 Guerin Catholic 21
September 7, 2012By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Hoosier Authority
By E. Shawn Aylsworth
NOBLESVILLE – Notre Dame-bound quarterback Malik Zaire did not fail to deliver Aug. 31, throwing three touchdowns and running for two more to lead Kettering Archbishop Alter to a 49-21 victory at Class 2A No. 16 Guerin Catholic.
The 6’2½”, 205-pound senior lefty directed the Knights to three TD drives in the opening period as Alter took control of this one early in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the suburban Indianapolis parochial school.
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The first path to paydirt took up only five plays and 1:59, with Zaire (5 of 6 for 115 yards passing, nine carries for 92 yards on the ground) lofting a pass to Jordan George on a 39-yard scoring strike in which George took a double-crunch hit, bounced off and rumbled into the end zone just 3:34 into the game.
After a three-and-out possession, Alter Score No. 2 came one play after sophomore Dusty Hayes returned a punt 35 yards to the Guerin 2 when senior running back Mitchell Burnette plowed across the goal line with 3:49 left in the first.
The third tally took 43 seconds as Zaire moved the Knights nine yards on a pass before hooking up with senior tight end Ben Suttman on a 32-yard aerial TD with 65 seconds left in the quarter.
Not a bad first 12 minutes for Zaire, who was 3 of 4 for 80 yards with a pair of TD passes. (And oh, yeah. The Knights’ defense limited the home-standing Eagles to zero first downs and five punts.)
But Zaire’s questionable fumble on a four-yard run in which he appeared to be down near the beginning of the second quarter allowed Guerin Catholic to mount its most effective drive of the game – even if a pair of personal foul defensive penalties gave the Eagles a huge boost.
Moving 80 yards in nine plays, Guerin used up 3:37 before senior TE Danny Murray put the Eagles on the board with a 10-yard TD pass from 6’3”, 215-pound junior QB Michael Myers on 4th & 1 just over five minutes into the second stanza.
Plenty of time, in other words, for Alter’s high-powered offense to strike before halftime. Twice.
MORE TO COME!!
The box score:
SCORE BY QUARTERS 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
Kettering Alter 21 14 14 0 49
Guerin Catholic 0 14 7 0 21
Alter – Jordan George 39 pass from Malik Zaire (Michael Ruffolo kick)
Alter – Mitchell Burnette 3 run (Craft kick)
Alter – Ben Suttman 32 pass from Zaire (Craft kick)
GC – Daniel Murray 10 pass from Michael Myers (George Poppas kick)
Alter – Zaire 8 run Craft kick)
GC – Myers 5 run (Poppas kick)
Alter – Greg Hart 28 pass from Zaire (Craft kick)
Alter – Zaire 20 run (Craft kick)
GC – Drew Dehnke 1 run (Poppas kick)
Alter – Burnette 1 run (Craft kick)
CMP ATT YDS TD INT
Malik Zaire 5 6 115 3 0
Michael Myers 22 38 256 1 2
RUSH YDS TD
Danny Smith 8 48 0
Tyler Hudson 7 42 0
Mitchell Burnette 6 41 2
TOTAL 31 226 4
Drew Dehnke 9 15 1
Michael Myers 6 1 1
Anthony Buran 2 -6 0
TOTAL 17 10 2
REC YDS TD
Jordan George 2 61 1
B Suttman 1 32 1
Greg Hart 1 28 1
TOTAL 5 133 3
Sammy Adams 11 119 0
Daniel Murray 4 26 1
TOTAL 22 256 1